MECAM Fellowships for IFG “Inequality & Mobility” 2021 for Early-career Researchers

MECAM Fellowships for IFG “Inequality & Mobility” 2021 for Early-career Researchers

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Applications are open for the MECAM Fellowships for IFG “Inequality & Mobility” 2021. For its second Interdisciplinary Fellow Group (IFG) “Inequality & Mobility”, MECAM invites applications for six short-term fellowships for early career researchers in the social sciences from September to December 2021.

Four post-doctoral researchers and two advanced PhD candidates will be selected to form a fellow group at MECAM and will be required to take up residence in Tunis and to participate in an on-site scientific programme between September and December 2021. While developing and presenting their own research, fellows will also contribute to a joint working paper and events organised in the framework of the IFG.

This MECAM Fellowship invites early career researchers investigating questions including, but not limited to:

  • What are the forms of inequality that have historically shaped Tunisia and the Maghreb, and what new dimensions of inequality will determine its future?
  • What are the variegated relationships between inequality and mobility that are crucial to comprehend present-day socio-economic and political challenges in Tunisia and the Maghreb?
  • To what extent and in what ways can different forms of mobility impact inequality, and what decisions /politics/ or policies are needed to allow for mitigating effects?


  • Mobility: MECAM’s resident fellowships are awarded to individuals for four months from September 1 to December 31, 2021 on the basis of an innovative and high-quality research proposal that addresses the IFG’s thematic focus. MECAM will host the selected fellows for a three month on-site scientific programme in Tunis between September 15 and December 15, 2021. Only in exceptional cases due to the pandemic, fellowships can be arranged in a hybrid format, where the fellow remains at her/his place of residence for a part of the fellowship. Successful applicants will become ‘MECAM fellows’ with all relevant rights and obligations: Travel and relocation costs will be compensated according to a “no gain/no loss” principle. Furthermore, proven research costs can be reimbursed up to an amount of 500 EUR. A monthly living stipend will be awarded for the duration of the fellowship according to the same “no gain/no loss” principle.
  • Network: MECAM Fellows will become part of a network, which will be built up by subsequent groups of fellows over the next years, and by the scholars of the institutions that are involved in the institutional framework.
  • Exchange and Debate: The IFG combines virtual and in-person forms of exchange and debate, and facilitates collaboration and engagement with scholars at MECAM partner institutions, students, and the wider public.
  • Independence: MECAM offers the freedom to pursue individual research projects, such as a particular component of field research, an academic article, an essay, a policy paper, a book, a report, etc.
  • Support: MECAM provides its fellows with office workspaces equipped with digital infrastructure as well as publication facilities for open-access and peer-reviewed formats of publication through the infrastructures of its partners. It offers logistical support with travel, accommodation and field research in Tunisia. Moreover, the exchange between fellows is supported by a secure digital workspace (TrafoHub) and other digital tools.


Applications are welcome from early career researchers, either advanced PhD candidates or postdoctoral researchers, in human geography, urban studies, sociology, anthropology, or a related field;

  • You are interested in discussing your research in the framework of MECAM’s main theme “Imagining futures – Dealing with disparity” with colleagues from the Maghreb, the Middle East and Europe.
  • You are eager to do collaborative work, engage in debate and exchange within an interdisciplinary group of fellows on questions of “Inequality & Mobility”.
  • You are interested in revisiting your research from a different vantage point.
  • You want to become part of a (new) network of interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and transregional exchange and debate on disparity and the competing models for the future that co-exist in the societies of the contemporary Maghreb, Europe, and other parts of the world.


As part of your application, you will be asked to prepare and upload:

  • Curriculum vitae including publications (2-3 pages),
  • Research proposal: Short abstract of your project (max. 1000 words),
  • Names and contact details of two referees (university faculty members or practitioners in a field relevant to the applicant’s project; no letters of recommendation required),
  • One recent writing sample: journal article (published or forthcoming), book or thesis chapter.

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For more information, visit MECAM Fellowships.